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Can Wind and Solar Replace Coal in Texas?

COURSE NO: R01-012
Can Wind and Solar Replace Coal in Texas?
Course Highlights

This engineering online PDH course will present a cost effective way of replacing coal generation in Texas by using only currently planned wind and solar energy generation projects.


In this course, a method is presented for siting the projects to take advantage of the complementary timing of solar and wind in the state—in the west, sunshine peaks midday while wind peaks overnight, near the coast, wind peaks on summer evenings. Not all of the currently planned projects would even be needed; only a subset of projects sited through complementary timing would be sufficient to replace most coal generation in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas system, leaving ten percent of coal power output to be covered by natural gas and nuclear power.


This 1 PDH online course is intended for engineers interested in the design and implementation of wind and solar energy systems.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with modelling the output of wind and solar projects
  • Understanding how to estimate the costs of wind and solar projects
  • Learning how to optimize a least-cost set of projects
  • Recognizing complementary timing of solar and wind phenomena in a region
  • Understanding the concept of “slack” in output of coal plants
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled “Can wind and solar replace coal in Texas?” by Richard Morse, Sarah Salvatore, Joanna H. Slusarewicz, and Daniel S. Cohan published in Renewables: Wind, Water, and Solar (2022) 9:1, and made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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